WIDR celebrates success at intercollegiate broadcasting conference

contact: Deanne Puca
| WMU News
Students Jeff Simmonds, Amber Zundel, Antonio Mitchell, Annie Kustasz, Andrew Paulissen and Josh Moran holding three trophies.

Left to right: Jeff Simmonds, Amber Zundel, Antonio Mitchell, Annie Kustasz, Andrew Paulissen and Josh Moran

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's student-run noncommercial radio station, WIDR 89.1 FM, was honored at a national conference in New York City earlier this month.

WIDR won an award for best underwriting spot at the 78th annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, or IBS, conference March 1-4. In addition, Glen Dillon, assistant director for Student Media, presented a session at the event titled, "Show Prep: What? Why? How?" discussing how students can be more prepared for on-air shifts.

This year's conference was the largest in IBS history, featuring over 150 speakers. including nationally syndicated radio personalities and best-selling authors. The event's more than 100 sessions and tours attracted 1,600 attendees from all over the world.

WIDR conference attendees included:

  • Senior Annie Kustasz of Clinton Township, Michigan, general manager 
  • Sophomore Josh Moran of Ann Arbor, Michigan, program director
  • Senior Andrew Paulissen of Dexter, production director
  • Senior Amber Zundel of Roseville, Michigan, promotion director
  • Senior Antonio Mitchell of Kalamazoo, business director
  • Senior Jeff Simmonds of Vicksburg, Michigan, music director

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